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Fire exit with thumb lock

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Guest Susie

The management company for the block of flats (approx 20) where I live has replaced a faulty push pad with a blank plate on the front door/fire exit so you now need to push a small button with one hand and simultaneously the door with the other in order to exit. There are a number of families with small childrenin the block and I am not convinced this is safe. Can you advise? Also what is the relevant legislation/ regulations? 

Thank you 

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It seems to be a magnetic lock and if so it should meet the requirements of BS 7273 part 4 which would require a manual override. (green box)

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Or worse an electromechanical lock which would not be permitted on escape routes where it relies on the release of the electrical keep as they are known to jam under pressure. They are only suitable where from the inside the latch can be withdrawn without the keep release by the form of mechanical means such as a thumb turn.

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Guest Daisyfingers

Hi Tom
One of our final exit doors at my workplace has two thumb latches and a drop bolt fitted, I've told them that they should only have one thumb latch and all other locking devices should be removed to comply with the RRFSO.
They are refusing to do this as they recon it would make the door to easy for intruders to break-in, so therefor they don't need to remove them.
Who is right please?

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Drop bolts are acceptable during the time the premises is unoccupied but they should be withdrawn during the time the premises are occupied. A major problem is they are sometimes not opened during the time the premises are occupied resulting in the Responsible Person committing an offence.

Consequently we used to require the RP to remove the stop that prevents the barrel from being removed, so the bolt could be hung up on a board, we used to call a chain/bolt board in easy view, this ensured the RP was not committing an offence.

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